No one knows why he drinks it out of a coffee cup


It replica louis vuitton bags is after midnight. The door to room 627 , Michael Jackson’s suite in the Four Seasons Hotel, is slightly ajar. There is a movie screen on a stand and a projector.

In a few minutes Jackson emerges from high quality replica handbags china the bedroom. He waves and says “Hi” and then disappears again. We have waited 5 1/2 hours for that “Hi,” and fear there is to be no more.

But he reappears. This time he leans over the dining table, which is covered with huge drawings of clothes proposed for a Michael Jackson label. His official photographer tells him what to do cheap louis vuitton bags from china for pictures with Reggie Morton, the licensing and fashion coordinator of the collection, designer Alvin Bell and marketing director Bob Michaelson.

Jackson is wearing dark glasses, of course, a black shirt with silver embroidery and black high quality designer replica handbags wholesale corduroy jeans. The wide silver belt encrusted with faceted stones and fake louis bag a medallion clasp his own design, made in Hollywood to his specifications for $5,000 appears to weigh more than the wearer.

“It’s very heavy,” Jackson says. For his show clothes, “I just tell them what I want and they make it. Sometimes I sketch them.” Hanging on the back of a chair is an extraordinary navy beaded jacket he had made to wear on television. It is so heavy it has stretched out the metal hook of the hanger and made a ridge in the chair.

“I love to design replica louis vuitton handbags ,” he says.

He gets ideas all the time. “Late last night I was up at four in the morning. I had an idea and sketched it aaa replica designer handbags and then sent it Federal Express to Los Angeles,” he says. “It was a shirt with ruffles.”

This is not the first time he has seen the sketches for the line of clothes to be marketed this spring. He’s already made corrections and comments in black ink on the drawings, adding epaulets to some of thejackets, narrowing trouser legs, beefing up the size of the buttons.

He likes epaulets and crests “a lot,” he says. “You feel very dressed up with it.” Baggy pants “look too comical.” But he doesn’t like clothes for himself that are too snug, either. “No, you can’t dance in them,” he says, “especially for all that break dancin’ stuff.”

On the table is a navy wool sweater with gold embroidery, a spinoff of the jacket he wore to the Grammy Awards, and a pair of black leather slip on shoes with red bows, the first samples for the new line. He tries on another sample, a red wool cardigan sweater with a crest in gold stitching.

“Hi. I’m Mister Rogers,” he teases. Jackson likes to wear cardigans when he is not performing. “There are lots of photographs of me wearing them,” he says.

It pleases him to see his fans dressed like him, even looking like him. “They are having fun. It is a good feeling,” he says.

Then, unexpectedly, with a wave, he backs into his bedroom and disappears.

The interview with Michael Jackson, said to be the first he had given in two years, had started very casually. Reggie Morton, who has licensed the Michael Jackson name 1:1 replica handbags for a clothes label, had come to Washington for the Victory concerts and wanted to discuss the line. “Would you come to Philadelphia?” she asked. No problem.

The appointment was set for the following Thursday evening at the Four Seasons Hotel. We would meet in the lobby, Morton said, before going to Michael Jackson’s room.

At 7:15 she arrived, replica louis vuitton bags from china a huge Louis Vuitton satchel over her arm. With her was Alvin Bell, once a designer but more recently a photographer for a small trade publication. He was carrying a huge portfolio of his sketches.

We moved into the hotel’s cocktail lounge and spread out the drawings on a small table. Jackson hadwritten his comments on them with a fine ballpoint pen. “There should be gold stitching in the crest to make the dresser feel very lavish and important,” said one note next to group of shirts and jackets. “Great” was written alongside pastel linen shirts and black jeans, and “terrific” next to a baseball jacket. high quality designer replica handbags On several of the jackets Jackson had sketched in epaulets, big military buttons and crests. He had circled approvingly the crests on socks meant to show beneath cropped pants, and had scratched through a group of boldly patterned designs.

Although there’s not a sequin in the line, the Jackson design influence is clear. All the pants cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk are cropped above the ankle. A few drawings include a glove to match the socks and sweaters. “The one glove is magic,” said Morton.

Most of the ideas come from Jackson’s own wardrobe. Morton pulled from her zippered bag a red, pilled wool Robert Bruce replica louis vuitton cardigan that Jackson had given them. “We’ve changed it and added the crest,” she said. At the moment the crest is centered with the letter M. “It is not settled yet cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk , but I hope they go with M and not J,” Morton said.

The appointment was put off to 10:30.

Two hours later the phone in the room where we were waiting rang: “You can come to room 627 now.”

Frank DiLeo, Michael Jackson’s manager, is clearly in charge. “Sorry, we can only use our official photographer,” he says. “I must have absolute control of the pictures.”

No matter.

DiLeo is with Jackson almost full time. “Sometimes he calls me to the room eight times a night with his ideas,” he says. He gives a few clues about his charge.

On Jackson’s trademark glove: “There’s no reason except that he likes it. It is the same thing about Jackie Gleason drinking vodka on stage. No one knows why he drinks it out of a coffee cup.”

DiLeo is wearing suede slippers embroidered with crests, one version of many he had made with gold crests or initials for both himself and Jackson. They cost $200 a pair, with sturdy soles added. DiLeo is not happy with the prototype of the shoes Jackson has approved. “I’ll win,” he says wryly.

On a possible fragrance or cosmetic line: “We are thinking about it.”

On the portable dance floor, and Jackson’s dance routines: “It’s all in his head.” Jackson, he says, never writes down his dance steps or his music.

The movie screen and projector help to fill time between performances: “We have to entertain ourselves. It is very boring staying in a room your whole life.”.

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